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RIT’s information security program trains students to catch a data thief

Information technology security used to mean keeping your Norton up to date. But from data theft to international espionage, the whole thing is serious business. RIT Journo student Alyssa Jackson explains:

RIT’s percentage of students who receive full-time jobs after graduation is currently 95%. The college hopes to keep this number high as the world continues to advance technologically. This is the reason for the recent creation of the Department of Computing Security. This department looks to improve cyber security by combining the efforts of faculty and students from a wide range of fields, such as computer science, software engineering and information sciences and technologies departments.

The students and staff are experts in their fields, making a well-rounded, assorted security program. Between the creation of this department and the changes made to the college’s security-oriented degrees, RIT graduates are educated to better fit the criteria that modern employers have.

The nation as a whole depends on skills that involve strengthening cyber security. The United States relies heavily on technology for military and economic uses especially. Other countries are becoming increasingly technologically based as well, causing for more possible threat to the U.S.

In the recent past there have been reports declaring that telecommunication equipment companies in China are a potential threat. This can increase China’s sabotage abilities to the point where they can render our military equipment useless and block forms of communication during a national crisis or war.

We are moving into an age where cyber security is becoming increasingly more important. RIT is working to make sure that the nation is equipped with intelligent individuals who can protect the public in the case of threats from other countries through technology.

Sylvia Perez-Hardy, chair of the Department of Computing Security, stated; “The interdisciplinary members of the faculty enrich the curriculum by addressing security-related issues that exist within their disciplines in order to offer the strongest, most diverse security degree in the country.”